• Law Offices of Claude S. Smith, III

    Over 30 Years of Legal Experience You Can Rely On
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  • Law Offices of Claude S. Smith, III

    Over 30 Years of Legal Experience You Can Rely On
    Book a FREE Call
  • Law Offices of Claude S. Smith, III

    Over 30 Years of Legal Experience You Can Rely On
    Book a FREE Call

Family Law, Estate Planning & Criminal Defense Attorney in Charleston, WV

Personalized Care
Always On Your Side
Aggressive Approach

We take the mystery out of legal issues.

You’re probably not used to sitting down with a guy in a suit and talking about the law. That’s okay. Despite what you might be expecting, working with a lawyer doesn’t have to be scary. When you come to us, you’ll work directly with your lawyer, and he will patiently answer all of your questions and walk you through your best options.

You deserve someone willing to fight for you.

Whether you’re dealing with a messy divorce, child custody dispute, estate planning concern, elder law issue, criminal charge, personal injury, or other legal matter, we are on your side. Period. You don’t have to worry about being judged or turned away based on your legal situation. We are here to help you get through this as quickly and painlessly as possible.

We fight hard to achieve our clients’ goals.

We have battled for custody rights on behalf of parents and grandparents, handled high-conflict divorce cases, guided our clients through all aspects of building a customized estate plan, and successfully argued against a wide range of other legal opponents. We are more than willing to fight aggressively for you if your case is complex or the other side is not cooperating.

Attorney at Law


From the moment you first meet Claude, you can tell that he’s concerned about your well-being — not what’s in your wallet. If you’re looking for an attorney who is knowledgeable, experienced, patient, and focused on what matters, Claude is who you need to see.


Providing legal representation you can depend on.

Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Attorney in Charleston, WV After being accused of a crime, the first thing running through your mind is probably “How do I make this go away?” The answer to that question depends on your situation, but the first step toward a solution is always going to be the same: Contact a criminal defense […]
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Family Law

Family Law Attorney in Charleston, WV Family law disputes can be a difficult and emotional matter. The Law Office of Claude S. Smith, III will help you face your family-related legal matter with sound legal representation, and present you with honest and straightforward advice. We will assist you to find your way through whatever you […]
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Charitable Planning

We encourage and assist the tradition of giving to charitable causes. In addition to the many personal rewards inherent in making a charitable gift, most gifts also provide a current charitable income tax deduction.
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Fundamental Estate Planning

There are many legal strategies involved in estate planning, including wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care documents.
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Probate & Estate Administration

There can be terrific grief and pain at the loss of a loved one. Beyond grief and pain, when you add external stresses to the equation you can have a disaster on your hands in very short order.
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Estate Tax Planning

Historically speaking, the federal estate tax is an excise tax levied on the transfer of a person’s assets after death. In actuality, it is neither a death tax nor an inheritance tax, but more accurately a transfer tax.
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Business Succession Planning

It would be an understatement to say that family businesses are the backbone of the American economy. Some 90 percent of all businesses in this country are either family-owned or family-controlled.
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Asset Protection

Asset protection planning involves making prudent decisions today to protect yourself, your business, and your hard-earned assets from loss.
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Elder Law

Wills, trusts, estate plans, and powers of attorney are essential to safeguarding your property, bank accounts, assets, and more.
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Veterans Benefits

Many families struggle to provide necessary care for aging or disabled veterans or their surviving spouses. Unfortunately, most of these families are unaware of an important benefit available through the Department of Veterans Affairs to which their loved ones may be entitled.
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Special Needs Estate Planning

Special Needs Estate Planning focuses on providing for the special needs of our loved ones with disabilities when we are no longer there to organize and advocate on their behalf.
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Medicaid Crisis Planning

Change is life’s only constant. Sometimes these changes strike without warning. If you or a loved one has experienced a sudden illness or serious accident, you understand how abruptly everything can change.
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What Sets Us Apart
We understand this process can be difficult. We ease you through it with your best interest in mind.

Legal problems are extremely stressful, especially when your family, your health, or your freedom are at stake. At this point in time, you may not even be sure what kinds of questions you need to ask a lawyer, but that’s entirely normal. Whether your situation involves family law, estate planning, elder law, a criminal charge, or a personal injury, we will start by giving you all the information you need.

The way we see it, you deserve to get this information directly from an expert. That’s why we make it easy for you to get in touch with your lawyer, and we never ask you to sit down with a paralegal or assistant instead.

As our relationship continues, we will keep you updated about the status of your case every step of the way. Your lawyer will reach out regularly to tell you about any new developments, and he will also be happy to answer any questions you have throughout the process.


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Client Success Stories

18 reviews on
Richard Patrick
June 15, 2021.
Claude is always on top of the game, a hard worker and very responsive. Wish we could have brought him to Florida with us
william hanshaw
July 31, 2020.
Hello everyone just wanted to share my experience with Claude Smith lll as i went to hem for help on a personal matter he;s a great person to talk to and deal with we hit some rough patches Claude never gave up it felt like we were trying to push a dump truck up hill in my book he went way beyond to help me but but after we got air in them tires boy did he drive that dump truck over that hill in my book he's the best and he's staff is very nice to thanks Claude you change my life
Claire Kelly
October 11, 2019.
He has and still continues to help me. Mr. Smith has helped me focus on what is and is not important in the eyes of the law. He has been very patient and understanding, and I would recommend to all. He is very straight to the point and gets things accomplished! Mr. Smith has been a great help during a very stressful time!
Tiffani Legros
October 9, 2019.
Highly recommend!!! Claude is very hard-working and cares greatly for his clients!
Sarah Martin
October 3, 2019.
The first time I met him I was crying and upset. I had court the next day and he said to let him worry about things. I did. 12 years later I reccomend him constantly. There are things out of my control that even he can't fix, and it sucks waiting. But Claude is awesome on so many levels.
Tiffany Mariani
September 19, 2019.
Claude Smith represented me in a family court case and personal injury case and did an amazing job on both!! Mr. Smith was very informative and stayed in contact throughout the length of both cases. He answered all my questions and was very patient with me when I unintentionally asked the same questions 5 different ways because I worried. Thank you Claude for everything.
Law Offices of Claude S. Smith, III

805 Bigley Avenue
Charleston, WV 25302

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